When it comes to studying maths there is no quick fix. Maths is a complicated subject, therefore, it needs proper attention. In this article, we are going to explore some ways to help you while studying for your junior cycle maths exam.

"Every culture has contributed to maths just as it has contributed to literature. It's a universal language; numbers belong to everyone."

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Create a Revision Timetable

Revision Timetable
The organisation of a TimeTable is key when it comes to revising for exams. Organised notes and a timetable are great tools that can help with your Junior Cert - Photo by Emma Matthews Digital Content Production on Unsplash

Okay yes, you can ask a teacher or a parent to give you a template, but it's important that you actually create a timetable for yourself this way you can study subjects which you find more difficult earlier on in the afternoon or at the weekend and leave the subjects you're pretty good at till last.

I'm not saying those subjects are less important, but I am saying revising the subjects that come easier to you don't need you to be as fresh alert and focused as you would be for that subject to struggle with. This is down to the fact that you actually enjoy one subject better than the other therefore one will naturally be easier for you to revise.

You should also schedule your breaks on this timetable. Studies have shown that we concentrate best for periods of 20 to 30 minutes, the important thing is to take regular short breaks and keep hydrated.

Getting ready for exams can be stressful however if it's really getting under your skin, it's always a good idea to talk about it. Whether it is with someone you know or you want to talk to someone outside of your circle, often a problem shared is a problem halved. Services like Spun Out are there to listen.

Junior Cycle Maths Past Papers

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Sample Ordinary level Junior Cycle maths question

My advice is to take some old exam papers or even some sample papers for the new curriculum and read through every question first.

Ideally, you will have two different coloured highlighters use one to highlight the bits you are confident in answering and the other to highlight the parts you think might be trickier. Then answer the ones you are confident with first, this will allow you a little extra time for the ones you feel are a little bit more complicated.

Being familiar with this technique is so important. Students lose marks so often because they just haven't read the question correctly.

So if you want to work through the Junior cycle past papers, you'll find a video for your exact practice paper.

This method of revision is useful for students as they can pause, rewind, and replay parts of the lesson at any point and, of course, it's completely free! All you need is a Wifi connection.

Junior Cycle Final Examination Sample Papers for both Ordinary and Higher levels can be found online at examinations.ie.

 Junior Cycle Maths Grinds

Lat's take a look at online tuition, if you prefer to study in your own space, but think you will benefit from grinds to ensure you achieve your best possible results, online tuition could be exactly what you're looking for.

You have so many options to choose from when it comes to online tuition, below is just a small example:

  • Classhub
  • Superprof
  • Premier Tuition
  • First Tutors

As you're already on the website we're going to take a look a little deeper into grinds at Superprof.

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Junior cycle online maths tuition can help boost your confidence when it comes to your homework and exam - Photo by Beci Harmony on Unsplash

At Superprof there are several tutors offering grinds in both Ordinary and Higher Level Maths. You can choose your tutor from a large selection, you can also pick times that suit you and take as many or as few revision/preparation classes as you need. No matter what the subject, if you choose to take grinds with Superprof, you will see they are affordable, as they start from just €10 and they are flexible, which makes them super convenient!

It's really simple all you have to do is go to the homepage select your subject and your location and a list of all the possible grains teachers for your subjects and their prices will pop up. What makes this even more affordable is that in a lot of cases the first lesson is free.

In a lot of cases, your school may offer revision classes or courses during the Easter or summer breaks for the junior cycle. Revision courses like these usually run over one or two weeks, with one day allocated to each subject, a crash course in each to be more specific. For people who are only in need of a little bit of help one whole intensive day of study and notes can be enough.

However, for people who are struggling a little bit more, I would definitely recommend trying some online tuition over the summer before you enter the senior cycle.

Junior Cycle Maths Revision and Exam Tips

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There is a lot of different ways to study for different subjects, but one thing they all have in common is the fact the more you practice the more information you will absorb - Image by Anastasia Gepp from Pixabay

Revising maths can seem daunting, but, if you remember the following tips things won't feel so stressful!

  1. Be comfortable using your calculator before the exam… Being familiar with your calculator will be a huge advantage to you. There is nothing worse than using a tool you have never used before in an exam setting. By using a calculator you are used to, you not only assure you can complete tasks quickly but also take some stress away from the exam day.
  2. Show all workings within your answer – do not do ‘rough work' on a separate page. Examiners like to be able to see how you came to your answer, even if it's not right you could gain marks for correctly attempting the equation.
  3. Use your “formulae and tables” booklet.  They include lots of useful information and you are allowed them in the exam as a tool, just like your calculator using the booklet will benefit you, also like your calculator you need to know your booklet (You need to get familiar with what is in it, and where, as soon as possible).
  4. If you solve a problem using a calculator, write out some or all of the steps taken don’t just write the answer. This is to ensure you get marks even if you make a slip.
  5. YOUTUBE! Watching YouTube videos is a great way to revise any topic, but they are particularly useful for practising a range of different Maths skills and concepts. If you come across a particularly tricky problem while practising past papers or completing your homework, search for it on YouTube and there will more than likely be a variety of different examples for you to choose from and to learn from.
  6. Don't struggle, get help. Do you find maths difficult? You Are Not Alone... It’s okay to ask for help. Even if you think you know the concept and understand the question, you may need extra guidance to lead you in the right direction. Consider getting a math tutor,  or seeking help from your teacher.
  7. Finally, what is probably the most important tip is to never leave a blank answer! Always try to get at least some marks for attempting the question, even if you feel you have no idea how to answer it.

Whatever level you study maths at we just want to wish best of luck with your Maths revision and Exams!

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Maureen

Hey, I'm Maur/Mo, I'm a writer from Ireland. I've written a novel and a lot of poetry and fiction. Currently, I work as a content writer at superprof